Saturday, August 30, 2014

BORDERS AND MORE BORDERS

I knew I had been sewing a lot the last week so sleeping in this morning was welcome...but I missed my sewing shows that run on Saturday mornings...grrrr....makes the second week I did this....between that and the PBS fund drive the station has I am missing a lot of shows...especially fons and porter shows....

Getting back to sewing...yesterday  while looking at the stack of fabrics and ufos  on one of the chairs in the sewing room I ran across an old hour glass quilt top that I decided needed to be made bigger....the extra blocks were right there with the quilt top but I hadn't done anything with them so yesterday was the day!....when I leave the net I am going in and see if I have fabric in cabinet for the 2 borders I want to use on this quilt....it has a big mixture of colors in it so its hard to picture what will look good as a border....I don't like the borders to stick out like sore thumbs so it will have to blend with the quilt....I hope I have a big yardage so I can use for a back and maybe the borders too ...more on next week.....

I also have the 'Butterflies on my roses ' quilt ready for border too....didn't have enough of the blue for the border left but I use that blue a lot so ordered more for it....if the color doesn't match up  when it comes then I will use the rose color as the border...more on this next week too....

Hopefully I can get the dining table unloaded so I can pin those two small blue quilts and quilt them this week....so much going on right now and omg I need to figure out if I am doing Christmas sewing or not....

Ok gotta get out of here...more pictures coming next week when I get the borders on these quilts and who knows where I go from there.... I am trying to post more with pictures of what I am doing...not always easy to stop  and think to take pictures as it happens....its always a surprise around here lol....more later....

Thursday, August 28, 2014

HAD TO REMEASURE

Ok.... I didn't measure right!!...last night when I was starting to put together the 'butterfly' blocks I remeasured the block and its 6 inches not 6 1/2 inches...that threw off the other measurement so its back to the sewing machine for another row of blocks to make it just over 73 inches...I gotta look and see if I have more of the plain blue in the cabinet...I would like to use it as the big border with the blue print as the little border ...that way I can do some extra quilting on the border and have it show up....

not sure the red would look as good as a border but might have to use it anyway....I really didn't want to buy more fabric for this one....I am even hoping I have enough blue print for the back...

I think I will work more on this quilt today at least get the other 6 blocks done anyway...it sure is going together fast which is good....

The sewing table is a complete mess again but I think I will take the time and cut some scrap up into squares or make a few more small items....

Not much else going to go on except I have a very large grocery order to take to the store....I sure am glad to have delivery at times like this as its so hard on my body lugging groceries from the garage to the house.....more later...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

46 BLOCKS SO FAR

I worked last night on more blocks for the 'Butterflies on my roses' quilt and now have 46 made....
 
if I stop at 53x73 I only need 8 more blocks...I am hesitant to go bigger as the fabric may run out and I wouldn't have enough for any kind of borders and I think this one would look odd without borders....
 
I almost hit the panic button yesterday....I went looking for the red fabric for the butterfly quilt...but could not find it...I went in several times and looked in the cabinet but no show....then finally I looked on the pink shelf...there on the very bottom of a stack was the red....why it was there is beyond me....also I see its on a cardboard board...
 
A few years ago I thought it was a good idea to put yardages on cardboard but I forgot about the discoloring fabric can get from it so I took all of them off the cardboard but I guess I missed this one...but will get it done today
 
Got to leave the sewing alone for awhile today....sticker time for the car and if I am not careful I will let it expire forgetting about it so I am making a point to get to town today and get it and put on the car before I get out on the road and get a ticket....... so for now more later....

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

ANOTHER NEW QUILT THIS TIME FROM A UFO

I needed something to do last night while watching the Emmys so I drug out my clothes basket of quilting blocks packaged up.....while rummaging through it I found a quilt I started years ago....
 
 
the more I worked on it the less I liked it....the blocks were just too big for the size the quilt was going to be.... and I just plain didn't like the layout...so I put it back and basically forgot about it till last night....
 
I sat there tearing this quilt apart trying to think of how I could use the triangle squares and 4 patches without tearing them apart too...well before I went to bed I thought of something....its a wonder I slept lol....so this morning I went in and started sewing a new block design using them....this is what I came up with.....
 
I must say I do like it better....I am going to call it 'Butterflies on my roses' quilt lol....I used to have rose bushes that color and the dark looks like butterflies lol....I have enough of all the colors to make a big quilt if I want so we will see just how this evolves but the scale of the blocks will be better I think than a huge 24 inch block.....
 
My basket of blocks????.....I had to get a bigger basket this time as the smaller one was overflowing ....
 
well I did sort it out and found some scrap material to use in my upcoming scrap quilts so that eliminated 2 bags in there ....trying to figure out how to use the bag of  odd blocks for things....ok time to figure out my supper now after all this....more later.....

Monday, August 25, 2014

NEW QUILT TOP

I have been busy again, oh I know I say that every time but its true....I have pictures today lol....this is just a small sampling of the ones I have been working on...First there is my disappearing 9 patch quilt...

its ready for border if I put one on it...it is already 50x70....I only have enough of the light green left that I can use for it...this quilt had strikes against it from the beginning....first it was 1 way print...next it was such a dark emotional print lending itself to I think Edgar Allen Poe...the print has ravens on it so I nick named it my 'Poe' quilt...next when I ordered it I thought it was black and beige but when it came it was black and very olive green....I still like the print and I hope I have taken away from the dark emotion that the print first conveyed....it doesn't make me unhappy at all...by cutting up the print it changes things....

I had some 2 1/2x3 1/2 scraps left over from a small quilt that was just right for mug rugs without changing anything....

 so here is a set of 4 ready for gifting....I have been going through a blue period in quilting this past week....I have 2 blue quilt tops to show you next time...

I have been doing so much sewing that I have my neck and back in an uproar right now so today is a no sew day.....

I am still working on clearing off the sewing table but the more I clean off the more I use it and add to the mess but I am gaining....I wish there were 4 of me so I could get more done in a day lol.....more later.....

Friday, August 8, 2014

I WANT TO COMPLAIN

Yes I want to complain today....but first let me lead up to it...
 
Yesterday we had our quilt meeting which went very well. We even had 6 new members....there were lots and lots of good show and tell quilts to oogle over lol.....
 
A lady brought her pattern for a honeycomb quilt....lots of fussy cut pieces to make up different blocks to make a quilt....I was  happy to see it as I have been thinking of making one to vary my hand stitching pattern instead of all hexes....
 
This is the one I want to do....
 
Here is the problem  I usually look in Hancocks of Paducah big catalog for ideas on color throughout the catalog then I go back and decide if I want to buy more fabric for the quilt to either fill in with what I have or just buy enough for the whole quilt....but they have stopped publishing a big catalog...and instead send out these little flyers with just a few color swatches on them....JUST NOT THE SAME!...I am very disappointed...also since they have changed their on line site around its harder to follow than it used to be so I don't go there as much as I use to....Guess I will have to change my method of planning process....
 
Today my thoughts are on the honeycomb pattern so I suppose sooner or later I will end up in the sewing room to see what I have that I can use from my stash for this quilt....I have the yardage figured for the big amounts of the pattern I need so I can proceed with that....more on this later....

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

SOME SMALL SCRAPPY THINGS DONE

I did get a couple little things machine quilted yesterday...nothing glamorous , some mug rugs
I intend to give away as a gift later this month to a friend...I gave her one I was experimenting with long time ago and she said she used it all the time...so I think its time I made her a new one and some extra lol....

 and  I made a bigger snack mat and a potholder....all were from that messy scrap pile on my sewing table with a couple extra colors added....I had some off  size oblong pieces that were too small for other blocks so I put them end to end for the snack mat and potholder...turned out ok....I might use up some of the other colors too...

Lately I have been on the lookout for some small items to make for Christmas....I am not doing too well in that department....more on this later....

My granddaughter was here yesterday and she had opinions on the baby quilts I am making...most of the time we agree on things but yesterday she made me rethink color so I changed my mind about a border on one of them...more on this later too.....

Today my thoughts are on tomorrow...our quilt meeting is then and I am going to take the Grandmothers flower garden quilt for show and tell as well as the last three quilts I made...I don't think I showed them yet either....while at the meeting I will be working on taking out the basting and looking over the back of the Grandmothers Garden quilt for loopy loops and hexes that might be sewn too loose....don't want the seams to spread when stretched in the hoop....

Well its about time I got to work for today....its moving fast and I am soooo slow soooo more later......

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

QUILT POLICE AND QUILT REALITY

Sitting here today with my coffee in hand trying to wake up from a no sleep night (just a 3 hr nap was all I had) is making me thinking about one of the comments made recently....

In this comment she speaks about making a new quilt before the last one is done....I thought about this and what would happen if I waited to start another before the last was done....

Well first off I probably would never make a quilt again lol.....I seem to be a person that has to have a dozen things going at once to the point where I get frustrated because it seems nothing is getting done....but I get bored easily....I am sure I am not the only person that gets this way...lol....

One big advantage is when I have a lot of quilts that I work on at a time when they all get close to being finished I will have a lot finished at once making me look like a quilt wizard lol working so fast when in reality its been a long time lol....

One thing for sure this ole gal is soo glad there is no quilt police for if there were I would be in quilt jail for a long time for the many short cuts I find along the quilting adventure and the different ways I find to do things and I am sure the quilt police wouldn't like the fact that I am left handed and that I do things my way to get results.....

So for all you younger and more inexperienced people who want to try quilting go ahead and feel free to try new things....who knows you may become an expert on the subject one day......more later.....

Friday, August 1, 2014

WELCOME TO MY "MESS"

Today I worked in my sewing room....it is a total mess!....I have a bad habit of starting too many quilts at a time and have fabric all over the place....Sometimes I think I should just gut the room and start over.....but I don't know where I would put all the stuff in the room elsewhere.....
 
Today I cut 2 inch squares and some 3 1/2 squares...
 
 and a couple other shapes out of leftovers including the ends of strips from when I cut out hexes....there was a mountain of those....too nice colors to just throw out...
 
I tried to straighten up the counter and organize the quilt UFOs that are scattered all over grouping them and bagging them for the time being...
 
well I didn't get far with that either cause I made some blocks as I was trying to organize...while doing all this I found a 9 patch quilt partially put together and a mountain of 9 patches waiting for sashes....I will have to figure that one all over again just not sure where I was going with it....
 
As you can see I have a lot of work to do....there is a chair to the left of the table that is piled high with UFOs and fabric that needs washed and other things waiting to be taken care of....I wonder if I will ever get caught up....more later.....